Juicy pork carnitas

Prep 15 min
Total 4 hours 25 min
Makes 6 Servings



1.5 kg
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/8 tsp
small onion, cut into 8 wedges
garlic cloves, thinly sliced


  • Set slow cooker to high.
  • Cut pork into 4-in. pieces. Combine salt with chili powder, chili flakes and cumin. Rub into meat until fully coated. Season with pepper. Arrange pork in 1 layer in slow cooker insert. Add cinnamon stick, bay leaf, onion and garlic. Cover with lid and cook for 4 hours.
  • Remove pork to a cutting board and let cool slightly. Using a fork, pull the pork apart into bite-sized pieces. Spoon 2 tbsp of drippings and cooked onions from slow cooker into a large non-stick frying pan set over medium-high. Add half of pork to hot pan and cook until edges are slightly crispy, 4 to 6 min. Repeat with remaining pork, adding additional drippings if needed. Serve immediately with Green-herbs rice and Mexican crema. Garnish with avocado wedges.

Kitchen Tip:

If not using a slow cooker, preheat oven to 325F. Follow directions for coating of spice mixture as above. Arrange pork in the bottom of an ovenproof pot. Add cinnamon stick, bay leaf, onions and garlic. Cover pot and bake 4 hours. Continue with recipe.


Calories 383, Protein 37 g, Carbohydrates 5 g, Fat 23 g, Fibre 3 g, Sodium 450 mg.

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